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One-Yard Apron by Lori Holt
by Tammy Olson
July 4th is coming right up! And…did you know it’s only six months til Christmas! Sounds like a great time to whip up a few aprons for you and your helpers to wear while you make 4th of July picnic fixins and then again while you create that festive Christmas dinner in December!
The first apron I chose to make was the "Gift of Sparkle". I laid out the fabric and the ric rac.
The side seams of the apron skirt needed to be finished. I folded mine over an extra step so I wouldn’t have any raw edges.
Folding the apron in half then pressing lightly gave me a mark for the center of the apron. This allowed me to measure and place the pockets evenly on each side.
I finished the tops of the pockets and attached them to the pocket bottoms, then added the trim.
Placing the pockets on the skirt was pretty simple since I had a center mark. I sewed them on making sure to backstitch at the tops of the pockets for that extra wear and tear they would get.
I used Mary Ellen’s Best Press spray to make sure the center line was ironed out when I didn’t need the pocket “guide” anymore.
I sewed down both sides of the waistband to make finished edges, folded under the long sides, and pressed in half, right sides out.
It was pinned and ready to sew! Carefully, I sewed the topstitching, making sure to slowly feed each gather under the presser foot so they all looked equal.
All that was left now was to finish the apron strings!
The raw end of the apron string was then slid into one open side of the waistband, pinned, and sewed to finish. I backstitched these because I knew there would be lots of tugging and pulling. Now we are ready for our holiday celebrations!
Here’s a useful tip:
I used the Thread-O-Stat Featherweight Thread Grabber to assist in turning the strips inside out. What a fast and painless way to turn them! Feed it through, pinch a bit of fabric in the firm-gripping tips, then gently pull the fabric through.